To become a Utah notary public, a person must meet all of the requirements listed below:
- Be 18 years or older
- Lawfully reside in Utah for 30 days immediately preceding the filing for a notarial commission and maintain permanent residency thereafter
- Submit an application to the lieutenant governor containing no significant misstatement or omission of fact
- Be a Utah resident or have permanent resident status under Section 245 of the Immigration and Nationality Act
- Be able to read, write, and understand English
- Be endorsed by two residents of Utah who are over the age of 18
In order to receive a Utah notary public commission, a person must:
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Pass a written examination
- Pay the testing ($30) and application ($45) fees together by credit card
- If the applicant passes the test, the application can be printed
- Properly complete and submit a notary application form to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor with a $5,000 bond and oath of office. To begin the testing process, go to:
Non-Residents Utah Notary:
Utah Notary Bond:
Required. A bond in the amount of $5,000 is required for new and renewing notaries public. A notary public employed by a state agency signs the Risk Management Notary Bond as “Principal,” along with the employee’s Department Director or authorized designee. Upon termination from state employment, the employee’s Notary Commission is canceled.
Notary Errors & Omissions Insurance:
Optional. A notary public is liable to any person for damages that result from his or her official misconduct. The American Association of Notaries strongly recommends that Utah notaries public insure themselves against claims of negligence through the purchase of Notary Errors and Omissions insurance.
A $45 state filing fee is required for new and renewal notary
Utah Notary Term:
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Utah State Capitol Complex
350 N. State Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 142325
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2325
Notary Commission Renewal:
A notary public may renew his or her commission by completing a new application and bond and by complying with statutory requirements.
Required. The notary test has 35 questions totaling 65 points. A passing score is 61 or higher. Ten questions are heavily weighted (4 points each). An applicant will fail the test if he or she misses more than one of the weighted questions.
Utah Notary Stamp/Notary Seal:
Ink color--purple. The seal must be reproducible under photographic methods.
Shape--rectangular, not to exceed 1" x 2 ½"
Required elements: the seal must consist of the notary public’s name exactly as indicated on the notary’s commission, the words “Notary Public,” “State of Utah,” and “My Commission Expires on______(commission expiration date),” the notary’s commission number, and the great seal of Utah. An embossed seal impression that is not photographically reproducible may be used in addition to, but not in place of, the statutorily mandated seal. The seal is the exclusive property of the notary public and must not be surrendered to an employer upon termination/resignation. A notary is not required to place an electronic notary seal impression on electronic documents when performing electronic notarizations.
Required. A Utah notary public must keep and maintain a chronological, permanently bound official journal of all notarial acts he or she performs. For Utah notary supplies, please contact the American Association of Notaries by calling (800) 721-2663 or visiting our website at www.usnotaries.com
. The notary journal is the exclusive property of the notary public not to be used by any other notary or surrendered to an employer upon termination of employment.
Notarial fees are set by state law. A notary public is allowed to charge for each notarial act, but not more than:
- Acknowledgments - $5.00
- Oaths or affirmations without a signature - $5.00
- Jurats - $5.00
- Copy certification - $5.00
- Immigration status form - $5.00
A notary public may charge a travel fee, not to exceed the approved federal mileage rate, on the condition that the signer agrees to the travel fee in advance. Notaries must display an English-language schedule of fees for notarial acts and may display a non-English-language schedule of notarial fees.
A Utah notary public has the authority to:
- Take acknowledgments
- Administer oaths or affirmations
- Perform jurats
- Certify copies
Permitted. According to the State of Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Office Notary Public Study Guide 2015, Utah notaries are allowed to perform electronic notarizations in compliance with the provisions of the Utah Code Annotated, Title 46, Chapter 1-Notaries Public Reform Act, and Chapter 4-Uniform Electronic Transactions Act.
Required. Within 30 days of a change in the notary’s address, the notary public must provide his or her new address to the lieutenant governor by mail, email, or fax.
Within 30 days of a change in the notary’s name, the notary shall provide the lieutenant governor the notary’s new name, official documentation of the name change, and a bond policy rider reflecting both the old and new name. He or she must also return the original “Certificate of Authority of Notary Public” and pay a $5 fee. A new official seal must be obtained, and the old official seal must be destroyed.
Submit a letter of notice to the lieutenant governor if any of these significant events occur during the term of the notary’s commission. In the event of death, resignation, or renewal, the notary (or his or her representative) must destroy his or her official seal and certificate. A notary public who ceases to reside in Utah or who becomes unable to read and write must resign the notary commission.
A notary public may not:
- Prepare, draft, select, or give advice concerning legal documents or legal proceedings, including immigration matters
- Use the phrase “notario” or “notario publico” to advertise notary services
- Notarize a document without the signer being in the notary’s presence at the time of the performance of the notarial act
- Notarize a document if the notary is named in it as a grantor, grantee, mortgagor, mortgagee, trustor, trustee, beneficiary, vendor, vendee, lessor, or lessee
- Notarize a document in which the notary has a financial or beneficial interest
- Refuse notary services
- Certify copies of publicly recordable documents
- Notarize with the intent to deceive or defraud
- Influence a person to enter into or refuse to enter into a lawful transaction involving a notarial act by the notary
- Execute a notarial certificate containing a false or materially incomplete statement
- Endorse or promote any product, service, contest, or other offering if the notary’s title or seal is used in the endorsement or promotional statement
It is a class B misdemeanor for a notary to perform an act in violation of Section 46-1-9 or Section 46-1-11. It is a class B misdemeanor for the employer of a notary to solicit the notary to perform a notarial act in violation of the Utah Notaries Public Reform Act.
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